Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Day Trips from Salida

One day we headed out towards Monarch Pass. There is lots of great scenery along the way.

At the top of the pass, an aerial tramway takes you up to the top of the mountain.

It's an easy way to straddle the Continental Divide.

There are oodles of cell towers up there.

And beautiful 365-degree views.

On another day, we went up to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs. There are 2 large pools - one "warm" at 90 degrees and the other "hot" at 105 degrees.

You can also go down into the creek, where hot water from the springs mixes with cold water from the creek, making a perfect temperature.

After soaking, we headed over to the "Meadow" to eat a picnic lunch. There are beautiful flowers there, surrounded by a 6' high fence, so the deer can feel safe from humans as they munch on the delicious pansies.

All along the creek were old cars filled with rocks, designed to prevent erosion.

We went on to Buena Vista, were there were more deer. Here the "Loser Bachelors" were gathered outside the Town Hall. AND, there was rusty stuff!

Back home, the hummingbirds were learning to share. I have never seen that before!


  1. Looks like you guys hit all the highlights. This is such a great area. Today we are going to Buena Vista to watch the USA Pro Cycling bike race come through.

  2. Your new truck looks great with your trailer in your header picture. No rusty stuff there!

    Amazing the hummingbirds have learned to share, never seen that either.

  3. Love that they have planted the flowers just to feed the deer. lol Great picture of the hummingbirds. That is incredible. At our house they just fight. You're finding some really wonderful rusty stuff.

  4. I like the idea of the tram to the top and afterwards a soak in the creek.

  5. Our hummingbirds are sharing the last few days too. We were told by a park ranger that they only do this in the last weeks or days before they are ready to migrate. They know the trip requires sustenance, so they make a late summer concession and share.

  6. Hey, you got a new truck... First time I noticed it.
    Love the rusty stuff.
    Chris in Indiana

  7. I'd like to know more about your new truck. Could you do a post just about it and how it is set up? How well does it pull your trailer? Inquiring minds want to know.....
    Chris in Indiana

  8. The tramway looks like fun, but I'm not sure I like the idea of putting crushed cars in the stream. Seems more like pollution to me.


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